How to check hours used on Mac- Odometer?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pianodude123, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2005
    in the internet
    I am trying to find out and keep track the total hours used on my laptop. I would like to keep track since I just bought a new MBP and I want to keep track of how long the computer lasts. I think that my last MBP only lasted about 500 hours before the logic board died... so i was wondering if there are any programs that fire up on login and keep track and record uptime for the machine forever...
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    There's probably a program for the purpose, but you could do it manually. In a Terminal window, run:

    echo "uptime >> ~/.odometer" >> ~/.bash_logout

    Every time you log out, a new entry will be made in the file ~/.odometer. You can see its contents with

    cat ~/.odometer
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    smartcl is a hdd utility that will tell you how long your laptop has been powered on

    this would be accurate if you have never swapped out hdds

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